The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it is investigating the shooting incident in which two women in Hwange were hit by stray bullets fired by police officers during a raid on informal coal traders.
In a statement on Monday National Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they will conduct thorough investigations in the matter. He said:
The Zimbabwe Republic Police assures the public that investigations are being conducted in connection with the unfortunate shooting incident, which occurred in Hwange on August 22, 2020.
The incident resulted in the injury of Zulani Mudenda and Twabona Nyoni after police reacted to a report of theft at Hwange Colliery Company’s main plant.
Police will conduct comprehensive investigations with a view to establishing what actually transpired between the truck driver, McDonald Mpongweni and the police officer leading to the sad scuffle.
The two police shooting victims, Mudenda (46) and Nyoni (25) are neighbours and residents of Madumabisa Village in the coal-mining town.
Reports indicate that Mudenda was shot in the abdomen soon after she came out of the bathroom while Nyoni was hit on the breast.
Mudenda is admitted to St Patrick’s Hospital in Hwange while Nyoni is admitted to United Bulawayo Hospitals and both are reported to be in a critical condition.